Sustainable Impact Cohorts

Program overview

Sustainable Impact Cohorts is a FREE, comprehensive three-month program that helps arts organizations strengthen their strategies, organization, and finances. Participants will learn and apply skills and tools to shape their organizations for sustainable growth.

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What’s included

  • Organization assessment tools and help identifying your organization’s priority opportunities related to sustainability and growth
  • Six sessions covering key elements of organizational sustainability and growth:
    • Strategic clarity
    • Financial insight
    • Revenue strategy
    • Marketing strategy
    • Operational plans and budgets
    • Board engagement, implementation, and change management
  • Open coaching hours following each session
  • Three one-on-one coaching sessions with a nonprofit consultant
  • Tools and resources to help you assess, plan, and implement
  • A six-month check-in with your coach


Who it’s for

Arts organizations in the state of Georgia, defined as a nonprofit that has an arts-based mission statement and where at least 50% of programming is arts-based.


Who puts it together

This program is part of the Georgia Arts Accelerator program, facilitated by consultants from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) and funded by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA).


Why your arts nonprofit should participate

  • Structured solutions to strengthen your arts organization and position it for growth
  • Opportunities to work with other arts organizations around the state
  • Tailored guidance via one-on-one coaching

Testimonial from Paige Sullivan, Board Chair of The Wren’s Nest:

Small arts and culture organizations like ours not only benefit from learning the latest best practices in nonprofit management, but we also greatly benefit from being in community with one another. The Sustainable Impact Cohort presented us with an invaluable opportunity to share ideas, strategies, and – yes – even words of support with peer nonprofits across the region and state as we all forge ahead in the wake of COVID-19.


When it’s taking place

Spring Cohort, starting March 26 (Note: The deadline to for this cohort register has passed)

  • Sessions take place 11:00 am – 12:30 pm every second Tuesday from March 26 through June 4 (3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4)
  • Optional coaching calls are available 11:00 am – 12:00 pm every second Thursday from March 28 through June 6 (3/28, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23, 6/6)

Summer Cohort, starting June 11 (apply by May 28)

  • Sessions take place 11:00 am – 12:30 pm every second Tuesday from June 11 through August 20 (6/11, 6/25, 7/9, 7/23, 8/6, 8/20)
  • Optional coaching calls are available 11:00 am – 12:00 pm every second Thursday from June 13 through August 22 (6/13, 6/27, 7/11, 7/25, 8/8, 8/22)
  • Note: Deadline to apply is May 28
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How to apply

Just fill out this quick interest form. Note: GCA approval is required prior to participation


What is the Georgia Arts Accelerator?

The Georgia Arts Accelerator gives arts organizations from across the state three opportunities, tailored to differing needs, all designed to strengthen institutions – whether that means better managing your facilities, building up staff skills, or stabilizing your organization following COVID. The GCA is fully funding program costs for qualifying organizations. Learn more about all three Georgia Arts Accelerator programs here.


More questions?

Check out the info session video below, and visit our program FAQ page.

Sustainable impact cohorts

Funded by the Georgia Council for the Arts and facilitated by GCN. 

Questions? See the FAQs 
or email GCN.